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Arsenal vs. Chelsea

Wembley Stadium

18-4-09

17:15

FA Cup Semi-Final Preview

Brice had termed the home game against Villarreal 'the first of three gargantuan fixtures.' We passed that first test in a solid, professional way, despite fielding a makeshift back-five that featured only one first-choice player, Kolo Toure. The second instalment of the trilogy comes today on a neutral ground, a special venue that the team is going to visit for the first time since its rebirth: We're the famous Arsenal and we're going to Wembley!

Vital Quotes:

With big games coming thick and fast this week, Arsene Wenger has given quite a few quotes for the journalists to work with. He has talked about the (bad) news on injuries, the pitch at new Wembley, Theo's progress, missing out on Drogba way back when, Fabianski's birthday and performance, the team's character and ability to perform under pressure, Hiddink's impact on Chelsea and all sorts of things. As the team has been on a good run recently, the press have started rolling out the bandwagon about the Arsenal manager's faith in his young team finally being vindicated. As always, the boss would rather let the team take the credit if all the hard work, strong faith and Churchillian (would Oxford consider adding the adjective 'Wengerian' to their dictionary?) defiance get rewarded with trophies and applause come May:

'I have been questioned but that is normal when I do a public job,' said the Gunners boss.

'I never came out and said it's a complete scandal that people question me. I know where I want to go and I do it as I have the freedom to go where I want. I believe that if we turn things around it is a credit to the players because they have shown the mental strength to cope with the pressures on the pitch.

'Now we are in the position where we just want to finish the job in the three competitions that we are in - that means secure a Champions League position, try to win the FA Cup and win the Champions League.

'No, no [it didn't upset me when I was questioned]. Listen, like everybody I prefer it when people say I am good rather than I am rubbish. But I am long enough in the job to understand you cannot as well ask for people to say when you lose the games that you are absolutely fantastic.

'I just think as long as the basics at the Club are good and promising I can make a difference between the present and the future and take a distance with that.

'The present situation was not fantastic but I knew that the future for the Club will be very, very good. Why? Because we do not need to rely on anybody. We have a good young team. If you take this team and look how much investment it cost you will be surprised compared to the other teams who play at our level.'

Arsenal Team News:

Before Villarreal, Brice had said, "As always, when Arsenal is fortunate enough to have players return from injury, we get cursed with new injuries." Prophetic words there, but I guess all Gooners have become semi-professional prophets in this respect. While van Persie and Diaby came back without setbacks against Villarreal, Gibbs, who put in another good shift as a backup LB, took a knock during the game that denies the lad an opportunity to make his Wembley debut in the red and white shirt.

While the likes of Cesc, Ade, Eduardo and Diaby were out injured, the injury list made depressing reading. Now, it is still depressing, just in a different way: we've been hit hard at the back, with regulars Almunia, Clichy, Sagna, Gallas and Djourou all out. (I suspect these five guys have played together more than any other combination so far this season.) Now Gibbs joins them in a crowded medical room.

The better news is that in attack, we've got an almost full range of players for Wenger to choose from and, if necessary, change the game with great options from the bench. He did mention, however, that Eduardo was fit again but not match-fit enough to play a full game, while Diaby was 'completely ready'.

To address the lack of a recognisable LB, Wenger said he would consider two options: use Sagna as a backup LB if he could play, or move Silvestre there with Song in CB alongside Kolo.

I'd also hazard a guess that Eduardo and/or Bendtner could play a part, either as subs for Ade and/or RvP or as starters and come off later for the leading frontmen. Such is the abundance of attacking options.

Another interesting point is who between Nasri and Theo might have to make way for Arshavin. Or would Arsene opt for a 5-man midfield to control the game and protect the weakened defence, leaving one of his strikers out?

Possible starting XI: Fabianski; Eboue, Toure, Song, Silvestre; Walcott, Fabregas, Denilson, Arshavin; Adebayor, van

Player to watch: Andrey Arshavin

We were all pleased to see Theo's delightful chip, Cesc's great assists, Adebayor's good goals and assists despite not being 100% in his overall performance, Song's arrival as a great partner of Cesc in midfield, RvP's attacking display against Hull which got him voted the 'Player of the Round' in the Cup quarter-final and the solid performances from the makeshift defence in the last few games. The team is full of players to watch to be honest.

But back in FA Cup action, I'd cast the spotlight on Arshavin for a number of reasons: he was cup-tied in the CL and rested in midweek, he must be itching to play after seeing his teammates knock out Villarreal, he's making his first appearance as an Arsenal player at Wembley and he's surely keen to impress both of his managers at the club and international levels. For a guy who is so determined to prove himself on the biggest stage, the stage doesn't get much bigger than facing Chelsea in a Cup semi-final cum London derby at the new Wembley, watched by millions of global audiences on TV.

Chelsea Team News:

Both managers would likely keep an eye on the next league games in midweek after this Cup tie. Since we have to travel to Liverpool on Tuesday, Wenger may have to be cautious with his players, especially the depleted defence. Chelsea will play at home on Wednesday, but against tough-nut Everton and with the Blues' ambition of keeping their title challenge alive, maybe Guus Hiddink will be wary of the fatigue factor just as well.

Captain John Terry returns for the Blues after serving a suspension in the CL thriller against Liverpool. Deco is out with a hamstring injury, while Bosingwa joined the training after overcoming the same problem.

Chelsea's recent defensive concerns, especially Cech's error that contributed to Liverpool's first goal from Fabio Aurelio's free-kick, have been a hot topic in the press. People even talked about Cech's place in the team. But he is a great keeper who would bounce straight back and I don't see Hiddink replacing him at all.

Possible starting XI: Cech; Belletti, Carvalho, Terry, A Cole; Lampard, Ballack, Essien; Kalou/Anelka, Malouda, Drogba

Player to watch: Didier Drogba

This one is hard to pick. Frank Lampard is having a great season, a strong contender at least in the top 3 for individual awards in my opinion (although, quite bizarrely, many professional footballers put some of Man Utd's golden oldies before him when they cast their vote to the PFA around February). Michael Essien can do almost anything on the pitch and is back in form. Chelsea's defence would want to prove to everyone that conceding 7 goals in their last two games was just a blip. Nicholas Anelka, if he plays, would want to score against his former team, as he quite often did before. Oh, and that poor little man who said Arsenal would 'always have a place in his heart' and 'sometimes still wanted the fans to love you' but he 'couldn't do anything about' the Gooners' booing. Nah, we have far more important things than him to focus our attention on, such as:

Didier Drogba has always caused us problems. The West Londoners would be quick to remind us how Philippe Senderos had a torrid time against him. (But who hasn't struggled against quick, powerful strikers? Ask any defender how they've enjoyed dealing with Fernando Torres. JT himself and his England partner Ferdinand have also mentioned Ade as a tough one to handle.) That`s why the boss said that the right way to approach the game was to try and contain Drogba but not to fear him, while we try to cause the same problems to their defence on the other end:

'He is a fighter and I believe that we want to make sure that we combat him. Certainly one of the keys tomorrow will be to keep him quiet.

'But we have to consider that Adebayor can do the same to them, that Bendtner can do the same too. Also Drogba will play against Silvestre and Kolo Toure, who are strong defenders.

'So I do not worry about Drogba tomorrow. Not at all. If he scores, he scores. But when we have the ball, they don't have it, and he can't be dangerous.'

Match Facts & Stats

One special fact that I'd like to mention is that we will commemorate the Hillsborough disaster at both FA Cup semi-finals this weekend. Today, the FA chairman Lord Triesman and the two captains, Cesc Fabregas and John Terry, will present flowers and lead the tribute to the 96 football fans who lost their lives at Hillsborough 20 years ago. The FA's original plan of one minute's applause has been dropped and I personally hope we'll have the traditional one minute's silence to pay respects to the victims and reflect on the tragedy, something that all of us should do regardless.

Back to the match stuff, we have stayed undefeated in seven games in all competitions, since the 1-0 loss against AS Roma, which honestly felt like a victory as we went through on penalties. We won six games and drew one in this good spell. Domestically, we have been on a 22-game unbeaten run, our last defeat coming from our kids' Carling Cup quarter-final exit against Burnley on 2nd Dec.

Chelsea have been unbeaten in four games since their 1-0 defeat away to Sp*rs in March. In their domestic league and cup campaigns, they have only been beaten once in 14 matches.

This is the 170th meeting between the two teams. In the Cup specifically, this will be the 13th time we play each other. Arsenal have won 8 times, versus Chelsea's 4, and will try to knock the Blues out for the seventh time in a row.

Ref Watch:

Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire) will be the referee for this high-profile Cup game. He has officiated 22 PL games this season, handing out 5 red cards and 73 yellows, averaging 3.55 cards per game. The assistant referees on the sidelines - Ade, take note! - will be Philip R A Sharp & Paul Tierney.

Match Prediction:

This is one of those promising, unpredictable games isn't it? I can see us scoring - and conceding. I wouldn't be surprised if it ended a 1-1 or 2-2 draw after 90 minutes, but with tough midweek games coming up for both teams, they'd definitely want to avoid that. The other half of me (the heart) predicts a 2-1 win.

Next Fixtures:

21/4 (Tue) - Liverpool (A) - Premier League

6/4 (Sun) - Middlesbrough (H) - Premier League

9/4 (Wed) - Manchester United (A) - Champions League




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Writer: GoonerLou Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 18 2009

Time: 10:20AM

Your Comments

Thanks Amos for posting it and fixing my quotation marks! :D
GoonerLou
Thanks Amos for posting it and fixing my quotation marks! :D
GoonerLou
Great preview Lou - let's hope your heart has called it right.
Amos.
Great preview Lou - let's hope your heart has called it right.
Amos.
We cant afford extra time >.<
MrE._Man
We cant afford extra time >.<
MrE._Man
one quick question lets say we win the CL does AA get a medal or no
collow
one quick question lets say we win the CL does AA get a medal or no
collow
no
Tom14
If Zenit did he would me thinks :D
Tom14
no
Tom14
If Zenit did he would me thinks :D
Tom14
If Arsh got one, so should I, and the rest of the spectators.
ArsenalRob
If Arsh got one, so should I, and the rest of the spectators.
ArsenalRob
I think Eduardo will be up front today, don't know who he'll be paired with thought
TPowell
I think Eduardo will be up front today, don't know who he'll be paired with thought
TPowell
I don't think we'll win this one, the players will give it their all with out a question but we are so depleted at the back it,s gone beyond a joke. If we on the other hand pull this off it would be up there amongst our finest moments.
Armory
I don't think we'll win this one, the players will give it their all with out a question but we are so depleted at the back it,s gone beyond a joke. If we on the other hand pull this off it would be up there amongst our finest moments.
Armory
Fabianski Eboue Toure Silvestre Gibbs Walcott Cesc Denilson Diaby Adebayor RVP
Tom14
Fabianski Eboue Toure Silvestre Gibbs Walcott Cesc Denilson Diaby Adebayor RVP
Tom14
Are we playing for a 0-0 first half and planning to hit them in the second or what? Nasri and Arshavin on the bench!? Song too! I can see Arsene thought we needed more height and fight rather than technique and creativity, but I don't think we'll beat them for power anyway, second half is our best bet IMO.
ArsenalRob
Are we playing for a 0-0 first half and planning to hit them in the second or what? Nasri and Arshavin on the bench!? Song too! I can see Arsene thought we needed more height and fight rather than technique and creativity, but I don't think we'll beat them for power anyway, second half is our best bet IMO.
ArsenalRob
Maybe Arsene thought Hiddink had a sneaky plan for Arshavin, so thought he'd try and make him make late changes to his plans, by not starting him?
ArsenalRob
Maybe Arsene thought Hiddink had a sneaky plan for Arshavin, so thought he'd try and make him make late changes to his plans, by not starting him?
ArsenalRob
YES!!! In off the arm of Cashley!
TPowell
YES!!! In off the arm of Cashley!
TPowell
How is ballack not carded for pushing Robin?
TPowell
How is ballack not carded for pushing Robin?
TPowell
how was gibbs not sent off agianst wigan TP
123spurs
how was gibbs not sent off agianst wigan TP
123spurs
haha 123... how wasn't he? a valid question indeed... but what does that have to do with today?
TPowell
haha 123... how wasn't he? a valid question indeed... but what does that have to do with today?
TPowell
im just sayin u win some loose someno hard feeling.......goes with u 1 week an against u next......ref are pretty un consistent
123spurs
im just sayin u win some loose someno hard feeling.......goes with u 1 week an against u next......ref are pretty un consistent
123spurs
unconsistent eh? didn't know we were just making up words...
TPowell
unconsistent eh? didn't know we were just making up words...
TPowell
yeah 123 you win some and u lose some, but no hard feelings? it's natural that it p*sses you off
ArsenalRob
yeah 123 you win some and u lose some, but no hard feelings? it's natural that it p*sses you off
ArsenalRob
u shud be an english teacher
123spurs
u shud be an english teacher
123spurs
peno hand ball......yes /no
123spurs
peno hand ball......yes /no
123spurs
defo
123spurs
defo
123spurs
absolutely, both sides should have taken pens this half
TPowell
absolutely, both sides should have taken pens this half
TPowell
yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
123spurs
yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
123spurs
all gone quite here i wonder why
123spurs
all gone quite here i wonder why
123spurs
its like a morgue hear back down to reality for gunners, hahah....i was right come up against a half decent team an well see ........my point proved after last wed ricky7 an gunner lou, off to wembley for a semi final not compared to a final oh well always next season for wenger
123spurs
its like a morgue hear back down to reality for gunners, hahah....i was right come up against a half decent team an well see ........my point proved after last wed ricky7 an gunner lou, off to wembley for a semi final not compared to a final oh well always next season for wenger
123spurs
just waiting for thread wenger out .....................how long can you put up with him
123spurs
just waiting for thread wenger out .....................how long can you put up with him
123spurs
very quite here no1 around, let them calm down an be realistic....hows my spelling
123spurs
very quite here no1 around, let them calm down an be realistic....hows my spelling
123spurs
it would feel worse if it was a final, better team one
123spurs
it would feel worse if it was a final, better team one
123spurs
Happy St.You''ve won feck all again day. :)
HATEtheGOONERS
Happy St.You''ve won feck all again day. :)
HATEtheGOONERS
123 Sp*rs are you jumping in favour of us?/ So POOR!! My God The best Club of London's supporter is jumping for another club.LOL It is Arsen Wenger's arrogance (we will beat you with less than our best side) or cowardice (what happens if I field our best side and lose?). Either way, depressing.
Saimon_blues
123 Sp*rs are you jumping in favour of us?/ So POOR!! My God The best Club of London's supporter is jumping for another club.LOL It is Arsen Wenger's arrogance (we will beat you with less than our best side) or cowardice (what happens if I field our best side and lose?). Either way, depressing.
Saimon_blues
yeah 123, course it's quiet. Most of our fans are at Wembley, where we lost and deservedly so. But at least we got got there eh. I will always stick by Arsene, because he deserves as much patience as he gets, but today he got it very wrong. For the first time in ages, our selection problems, outside of our weak defence, were that we finally had a good number of midfield/forward players availabe, and Arsene had to juggle with them. I think he buckled here. I think he should've gone for Song rather than Denilson, as he and Cesc worked brilliantly vs Villareal, and personally, although he got the goal, I would've had Arshavin instead of Walcott and Nasri on the left, with Robin and Ade up front in a 4-4-2. RvP didn't have the pace to make a real impact on the left, and his link-up play isn't as quick as it is in the middle, as he usually has to wait for the ball to roll across his body to use his left foot, and Ade just couldn't match up to Terry and Alex today. Minus his goals in the last 2 games, he's been pretty average and couldn't cut it today. I wouldn't say we weren't trying hard enough, but we just looked very dry, and the individual never really looked as though he believed we could score. Theo's crossing was again aweful, although he didn't always have much support. I know he says he wanted it, but he has to when he's asked, and I really don't think Arsene was too intent on winning today. I think his trail of thought went 'let's just give some players who need to play give it a go, and hope they do the business'. Also, what the media are failing to recognise is that we have always had our 'FA Cup' players this season, such as Diaby, so we weren't really focusing soley on putting out our strongest side, although I still don't really understand the AA decision. Poor Lukasz, I don't think much more needs to be said about him. He was just nervous, and once he'd made one mistake, he became even more so and it became more and more of a struggle. I know he would've played anyway if MA wasn't injured, but he would've been more focused for it. I just think that the chance given to him from Almunia's injury came a bit too soon for him.
ArsenalRob
yeah 123, course it's quiet. Most of our fans are at Wembley, where we lost and deservedly so. But at least we got got there eh. I will always stick by Arsene, because he deserves as much patience as he gets, but today he got it very wrong. For the first time in ages, our selection problems, outside of our weak defence, were that we finally had a good number of midfield/forward players availabe, and Arsene had to juggle with them. I think he buckled here. I think he should've gone for Song rather than Denilson, as he and Cesc worked brilliantly vs Villareal, and personally, although he got the goal, I would've had Arshavin instead of Walcott and Nasri on the left, with Robin and Ade up front in a 4-4-2. RvP didn't have the pace to make a real impact on the left, and his link-up play isn't as quick as it is in the middle, as he usually has to wait for the ball to roll across his body to use his left foot, and Ade just couldn't match up to Terry and Alex today. Minus his goals in the last 2 games, he's been pretty average and couldn't cut it today. I wouldn't say we weren't trying hard enough, but we just looked very dry, and the individual never really looked as though he believed we could score. Theo's crossing was again aweful, although he didn't always have much support. I know he says he wanted it, but he has to when he's asked, and I really don't think Arsene was too intent on winning today. I think his trail of thought went 'let's just give some players who need to play give it a go, and hope they do the business'. Also, what the media are failing to recognise is that we have always had our 'FA Cup' players this season, such as Diaby, so we weren't really focusing soley on putting out our strongest side, although I still don't really understand the AA decision. Poor Lukasz, I don't think much more needs to be said about him. He was just nervous, and once he'd made one mistake, he became even more so and it became more and more of a struggle. I know he would've played anyway if MA wasn't injured, but he would've been more focused for it. I just think that the chance given to him from Almunia's injury came a bit too soon for him.
ArsenalRob
"very quite round here" & "hows my spelling" in the same post? It could only be a spud. The stronger team won - they were just a little to experienced for us. We didn't have enough in this game to make the difference - they did. Fair play to them.
Amos.
"very quite round here" & "hows my spelling" in the same post? It could only be a spud. The stronger team won - they were just a little to experienced for us. We didn't have enough in this game to make the difference - they did. Fair play to them.
Amos.
Saimon the reason why Wenger went with this team was to counter your physical advantage in the midfield area. Arshavin wud have played in place of Diaby had Essien not been starting for yu. and a attacking line of Van Persie, Adebayor, Walcott & Fabregas are good enough to play against anyone. Diaby was lightweight and lost the ball too many times. Fabianski shud have done better with both the goals, especially the first one. massive disappointment, but we have to take it on the chin and move on with the job in hand. have a big big CL semifinal coming up, and if we end up winning that competition, this defeat wudnt matter one bit. so lets remain behind the boss n the team my fellow gunners, this cud still end up being one of the most glorious seasons in our history..
luckys_10
Saimon the reason why Wenger went with this team was to counter your physical advantage in the midfield area. Arshavin wud have played in place of Diaby had Essien not been starting for yu. and a attacking line of Van Persie, Adebayor, Walcott & Fabregas are good enough to play against anyone. Diaby was lightweight and lost the ball too many times. Fabianski shud have done better with both the goals, especially the first one. massive disappointment, but we have to take it on the chin and move on with the job in hand. have a big big CL semifinal coming up, and if we end up winning that competition, this defeat wudnt matter one bit. so lets remain behind the boss n the team my fellow gunners, this cud still end up being one of the most glorious seasons in our history..
luckys_10
Dont forget ' better team one' Amos Lmao
ajwb
Dont forget ' better team one' Amos Lmao
ajwb
Saimon_blues, it wasn't arrogance or cowardice. He just got it wrong, and our FA Cup teams are usually slightly weaker anyway. But we didn't deserve to win. Was an aweful match really, neither of us could get our game going, but we were the more slack in defence, and you took good advantage. I'm surprised that I'm not that upset really. It was just a very uninspired display, we get them occaisionally, although rarely.
ArsenalRob
Saimon_blues, it wasn't arrogance or cowardice. He just got it wrong, and our FA Cup teams are usually slightly weaker anyway. But we didn't deserve to win. Was an aweful match really, neither of us could get our game going, but we were the more slack in defence, and you took good advantage. I'm surprised that I'm not that upset really. It was just a very uninspired display, we get them occaisionally, although rarely.
ArsenalRob
Hi everyone, just back from the bar... I kept asking why oh why leaving AA out! When I saw the lineup, I thought we'd struggle to create chances. The backline was always going to be shaky with such injuries. I kept hoping for the 'attack to defend' approach that we used against Villarreal but I'm sorry I didn't have the right players to keep the ball well enough to do that. Without AA and Nasri we were always going to put too much pressure on Cesc to craft things out. Theo's pace was useful but Cashley's capable of matching him. I was fine with Theo, but why Diaby ahead of AA, who's all very well rested and raring to go so so so obviously?! It almost made me feel so stupid for being so certain in my match preview that he was the guy to watch. I feel for him! I'm sure he's very very eager to play well in this game and I dare say he would have!
GoonerLou
Hi everyone, just back from the bar... I kept asking why oh why leaving AA out! When I saw the lineup, I thought we'd struggle to create chances. The backline was always going to be shaky with such injuries. I kept hoping for the 'attack to defend' approach that we used against Villarreal but I'm sorry I didn't have the right players to keep the ball well enough to do that. Without AA and Nasri we were always going to put too much pressure on Cesc to craft things out. Theo's pace was useful but Cashley's capable of matching him. I was fine with Theo, but why Diaby ahead of AA, who's all very well rested and raring to go so so so obviously?! It almost made me feel so stupid for being so certain in my match preview that he was the guy to watch. I feel for him! I'm sure he's very very eager to play well in this game and I dare say he would have!
GoonerLou
Isn't it just so pathetic that sp*rs fans are coming and jeering at us for loosing a match that they couldn't qualify for. Honestly, it's not too different from a random drunk Scunthorpe supporter coming on and picking on us because we've never won the Champions League. (no offence Scunthorpe)
ArsenalRob
Isn't it just so pathetic that sp*rs fans are coming and jeering at us for loosing a match that they couldn't qualify for. Honestly, it's not too different from a random drunk Scunthorpe supporter coming on and picking on us because we've never won the Champions League. (no offence Scunthorpe)
ArsenalRob
and one more thing, we really need to do something about these long balls tat always seem our problem when we play Chelsea & Drogba. both goals came from long balls and that has been the trend of the last few seasons. and just why isnt Toure the last man, when Silvestre clearly lacks a bit of pace to be the last defender..
luckys_10
and one more thing, we really need to do something about these long balls tat always seem our problem when we play Chelsea & Drogba. both goals came from long balls and that has been the trend of the last few seasons. and just why isnt Toure the last man, when Silvestre clearly lacks a bit of pace to be the last defender..
luckys_10
Anyhow one thing is sure the Ghost of Drogba looks like will haunt you many more times.Drogba just loves to score against you.Anyhow yes Please Knock that Arrogant ManU's I really hope they also get knocked out by Everton I can't see them shouting Quintiple.As for Final all the best.But Barca nad ManU are the hot favourites.Lets pray for final and let the best team win and be the first London Club to win that elite Trophy
Saimon_blues
Yeah Lou, his set-pieces would've helped us too, RvP wasn't getting it right today. For me, it's not that Theo did badly, he did what he could, but I just don't think that was going to be enough today. Like you say, Cashley can just about cope with his pace, and although Theo did bother him occaisionally, he didn't have the technique or craft that Arshavin or Nasri would've offered us. Denilson and Fabregas couldn't protect our weakened defence sufficiently either once Lampard was pushed forward. By deploying Diaby rather than AA, Arsene was trying to compete with Chelsea's physicality, but I think that rather than competing for strength, we should've gone for beating them with thechinque and creativity.
ArsenalRob
Anyhow one thing is sure the Ghost of Drogba looks like will haunt you many more times.Drogba just loves to score against you.Anyhow yes Please Knock that Arrogant ManU's I really hope they also get knocked out by Everton I can't see them shouting Quintiple.As for Final all the best.But Barca nad ManU are the hot favourites.Lets pray for final and let the best team win and be the first London Club to win that elite Trophy
Saimon_blues
Yeah Lou, his set-pieces would've helped us too, RvP wasn't getting it right today. For me, it's not that Theo did badly, he did what he could, but I just don't think that was going to be enough today. Like you say, Cashley can just about cope with his pace, and although Theo did bother him occaisionally, he didn't have the technique or craft that Arshavin or Nasri would've offered us. Denilson and Fabregas couldn't protect our weakened defence sufficiently either once Lampard was pushed forward. By deploying Diaby rather than AA, Arsene was trying to compete with Chelsea's physicality, but I think that rather than competing for strength, we should've gone for beating them with thechinque and creativity.
ArsenalRob
Having said that, Arsene may have been worried about the pitch inhibiting our quick football, so that could be part of the reason for the line, up.
ArsenalRob
Having said that, Arsene may have been worried about the pitch inhibiting our quick football, so that could be part of the reason for the line, up.
ArsenalRob
ArsenalRob no doubt it has to be ******** Sp*rs fan.They had a habit of doing these non sense.
Saimon_blues
ArsenalRob no doubt it has to be ******** Sp*rs fan.They had a habit of doing these non sense.
Saimon_blues
in a way this game can only do a lot of good for us as we prepare for the CL semis. Wenger would have learned a lot about his team, the tactics & all things tat he and the team didnt do right today. and i'm sure he will rectify all of today's shortcomings before the CL semis..
luckys_10
in a way this game can only do a lot of good for us as we prepare for the CL semis. Wenger would have learned a lot about his team, the tactics & all things tat he and the team didnt do right today. and i'm sure he will rectify all of today's shortcomings before the CL semis..
luckys_10
Well Rob I honestly never thought of the physical presence being the reason for that lineup. But we all know that's not our strong point at all. And the boss has always always emphasises the need to focus on playing our own football and using our own strengths instead of trying to nullify our opponents' weaknesses. I'm just very disappointed that he didn't do it today. How many times do we have to see Diaby in LM to see the fact that he's uncomfortable and ineffective there?! As I said in the preview, I really thought we got so many options in attack. Omg I dare say even Vela could have done better on the left. Yeah the Chelsea guys are tall and strong, but in midfield we could almost certainly have beat/matched them for pace, movement and creativity. Cesc is what makes the team tick but he needs enough players moving around him to create anything at all. A stagnant Diaby, a slowing RvP and an Ade without the first touch just slowed our attack down while Theo had the pace but not the trickery to beat Cashley who after all is still a very good LB. The balance was just wrong.
GoonerLou
Well Rob I honestly never thought of the physical presence being the reason for that lineup. But we all know that's not our strong point at all. And the boss has always always emphasises the need to focus on playing our own football and using our own strengths instead of trying to nullify our opponents' weaknesses. I'm just very disappointed that he didn't do it today. How many times do we have to see Diaby in LM to see the fact that he's uncomfortable and ineffective there?! As I said in the preview, I really thought we got so many options in attack. Omg I dare say even Vela could have done better on the left. Yeah the Chelsea guys are tall and strong, but in midfield we could almost certainly have beat/matched them for pace, movement and creativity. Cesc is what makes the team tick but he needs enough players moving around him to create anything at all. A stagnant Diaby, a slowing RvP and an Ade without the first touch just slowed our attack down while Theo had the pace but not the trickery to beat Cashley who after all is still a very good LB. The balance was just wrong.
GoonerLou
I thought Arshavin should have started this match, but I guess Wenger knows better. Maybe he wasn't fit enough. Anyway, it was a good game and I think we deserved to win. Fair play to both sides for providing an exciting encounter and one which didn't involve a brawl like a couple of years ago. Good luck in the CL.
Fan of Blues
I thought Arshavin should have started this match, but I guess Wenger knows better. Maybe he wasn't fit enough. Anyway, it was a good game and I think we deserved to win. Fair play to both sides for providing an exciting encounter and one which didn't involve a brawl like a couple of years ago. Good luck in the CL.
Fan of Blues
Hey Gooners, great display from Fabianski today!. I thought he was a sure candidate for man of the match, on reflection i think ***** of the match. LOL. I'm sure he was also trying to defend your goal when we walloped you 5-1. Let's face it he is No1 c**p..LOL.
RichmondSpur
Hey Gooners, great display from Fabianski today!. I thought he was a sure candidate for man of the match, on reflection i think ***** of the match. LOL. I'm sure he was also trying to defend your goal when we walloped you 5-1. Let's face it he is No1 c**p..LOL.
RichmondSpur
Yeah I agree there Lou, but althuogh Arsene emphasises the importance of just playing our own game, and he does mean it, it is also partly a good way of avoiding giving away his ideas to the press. After games he does often say that he has deployed a player to counter-act a property of another team, such as having the 4-5-1, with Cesc and Ade in front of Song and Den. That's not the natural Arsenal way, but he thought it would nulify the oponent, which it did, to a point.
ArsenalRob
*that point being vs Man City, not Villareal!
ArsenalRob
Yeah I agree there Lou, but althuogh Arsene emphasises the importance of just playing our own game, and he does mean it, it is also partly a good way of avoiding giving away his ideas to the press. After games he does often say that he has deployed a player to counter-act a property of another team, such as having the 4-5-1, with Cesc and Ade in front of Song and Den. That's not the natural Arsenal way, but he thought it would nulify the oponent, which it did, to a point.
ArsenalRob
*that point being vs Man City, not Villareal!
ArsenalRob
Fan Of Blues, I apreciate you good nature, thanks, but was that really a very entertaining match? I guess you didn't want to be too entertained after your last couple of games though!
ArsenalRob
Fan Of Blues, I apreciate you good nature, thanks, but was that really a very entertaining match? I guess you didn't want to be too entertained after your last couple of games though!
ArsenalRob
Well, the first half was entertaining to an extent. :) But I agree, after our last couple of games, I would rather have dull matches.
Fan of Blues
Well, the first half was entertaining to an extent. :) But I agree, after our last couple of games, I would rather have dull matches.
Fan of Blues
ArsenalRob may be LOL after all w are in a mission a mission to win some thing
Saimon_blues
ArsenalRob may be LOL after all w are in a mission a mission to win some thing
Saimon_blues
Thanks FoB. You're right, Chelsea deserved to go through. I can live with that, no problem at all. But what I'm still trying hard to come to terms with is that we did NOT do ourselves justice. We got an embarrassing plethora of attacking players for Arsene to choose from. Eduardo didn't make the bench, fine, he's still not match-fit. But it's just outrageous to leave one of your best creative player who's 100% well rested on the bloody bench. I don't care what physical presence Diaby could have offered. (Plus he has the presence but he almost NEVER makes it count on the pitch! He always tries to use his skills and very seldom his height and physical power - something that even Ade had only started to do last season.) Whatever that potential physicality Diaby could have offered, bottomline, AA certainly contributes more in terms of chances created and taken. That's the baffling part for me!
GoonerLou
Thanks FoB. You're right, Chelsea deserved to go through. I can live with that, no problem at all. But what I'm still trying hard to come to terms with is that we did NOT do ourselves justice. We got an embarrassing plethora of attacking players for Arsene to choose from. Eduardo didn't make the bench, fine, he's still not match-fit. But it's just outrageous to leave one of your best creative player who's 100% well rested on the bloody bench. I don't care what physical presence Diaby could have offered. (Plus he has the presence but he almost NEVER makes it count on the pitch! He always tries to use his skills and very seldom his height and physical power - something that even Ade had only started to do last season.) Whatever that potential physicality Diaby could have offered, bottomline, AA certainly contributes more in terms of chances created and taken. That's the baffling part for me!
GoonerLou
Lou I'm racking my brains for an answer, but just can't come to one. I have a really wierd feeling now though, I really wanted to win this match, but after watching that, I don't really care that we lost.
ArsenalRob
Lou I'm racking my brains for an answer, but just can't come to one. I have a really wierd feeling now though, I really wanted to win this match, but after watching that, I don't really care that we lost.
ArsenalRob
One small question- is it customary for players to soak each other with champagne when they win a SEMI-final? That was a tasteless, typically Chavski display of no class.
elbondo
One small question- is it customary for players to soak each other with champagne when they win a SEMI-final? That was a tasteless, typically Chavski display of no class.
elbondo
Yeah me too! Weird eh? Maybe I'm too baffled to feel sad. Like I said, I have no problem losing to an almost full-strength side especially with a depleted backline. I actually thought our small guys were brave in the physical battles against their giants. Even the mistakes I can forgive - that's always a given under the youth policy. But I can't help but feel that we could have taken a different route right from the start and at least done ourselves justice by putting our best creative display on show, with such a fantastic range of players available (which is a rarity in itself!), I mean, what a baffling waste! If AA had played and got beaten for physicality, I would have swallowed the defeat better, seriously. It feels like we were trying to be someone that we just aren't but weakened what we really did best. That's what I hate about this.
GoonerLou
Yeah me too! Weird eh? Maybe I'm too baffled to feel sad. Like I said, I have no problem losing to an almost full-strength side especially with a depleted backline. I actually thought our small guys were brave in the physical battles against their giants. Even the mistakes I can forgive - that's always a given under the youth policy. But I can't help but feel that we could have taken a different route right from the start and at least done ourselves justice by putting our best creative display on show, with such a fantastic range of players available (which is a rarity in itself!), I mean, what a baffling waste! If AA had played and got beaten for physicality, I would have swallowed the defeat better, seriously. It feels like we were trying to be someone that we just aren't but weakened what we really did best. That's what I hate about this.
GoonerLou
Gut wrenching loss and I must confess, it hurts like hell. But thats football. As for the deluded losers from white *****e lane, you've got to be in it to win it, when is your pathetic lot playing their own FA cup semi final? and eh, who're you playing in the Champions' League semi? Its beyond shame when you can only feel good if Arsenal lose a match you don't even qualify to play.
deledudu
Gut wrenching loss and I must confess, it hurts like hell. But thats football. As for the deluded losers from white *****e lane, you've got to be in it to win it, when is your pathetic lot playing their own FA cup semi final? and eh, who're you playing in the Champions' League semi? Its beyond shame when you can only feel good if Arsenal lose a match you don't even qualify to play.
deledudu
And for those who are of the opinion that Wenger got his tactics wrong, you are the clueless ones. He, not you and I, is the coach, he gets paid to make the choices he made today and on other days. Sometimes it works, at other times it fails, when you play at this level, the margin of error is much thinner and errors are amplified manifold as they are almost always punished. Take away the defensive errors leading to the goals, replace Fabianski with Almunia and the result might have been different. Wenger worked with what he has, hes the one who gets paid to do that job, lets not allow the obvious pain to cloud our objectivity and fairness. I bet that Wenger is in as much pain as most of us.
deledudu
And for those who are of the opinion that Wenger got his tactics wrong, you are the clueless ones. He, not you and I, is the coach, he gets paid to make the choices he made today and on other days. Sometimes it works, at other times it fails, when you play at this level, the margin of error is much thinner and errors are amplified manifold as they are almost always punished. Take away the defensive errors leading to the goals, replace Fabianski with Almunia and the result might have been different. Wenger worked with what he has, hes the one who gets paid to do that job, lets not allow the obvious pain to cloud our objectivity and fairness. I bet that Wenger is in as much pain as most of us.
deledudu
Fair enough, I'm just desperately curious what Wenger's rationale was. I had thought I didn't know him anymore. That's why I'll pay close attention to his post-match interviews and find out the reasons for his decisions.
GoonerLou
Fair enough, I'm just desperately curious what Wenger's rationale was. I had thought I didn't know him anymore. That's why I'll pay close attention to his post-match interviews and find out the reasons for his decisions.
GoonerLou
I watched the game with two friends, and we all were open-mouth at the team sheet?? Had we missed the fact that AA and Nasri had beeen injured on the coach up to Wembley??? Why were they not in the starting line-up?? And another thing What sort of a pitch was that to play football on??? Yes, it was two mistakes from us that let Chelski win that game. But the game as a whole was quite poor from both teams and that pitch didn't help to make that game more enjoyable for those who forked out their hard gained money. Although I'm disappointed that we will not be in the FA Cup final, we were not beaten by the better team as we beat ourselves with those two mistakes in Defence. Let put this behind us, and look forward to having a major say in who wins the Prem! Starting on Tuesday against L'pool!!!
hackneyval
I watched the game with two friends, and we all were open-mouth at the team sheet?? Had we missed the fact that AA and Nasri had beeen injured on the coach up to Wembley??? Why were they not in the starting line-up?? And another thing What sort of a pitch was that to play football on??? Yes, it was two mistakes from us that let Chelski win that game. But the game as a whole was quite poor from both teams and that pitch didn't help to make that game more enjoyable for those who forked out their hard gained money. Although I'm disappointed that we will not be in the FA Cup final, we were not beaten by the better team as we beat ourselves with those two mistakes in Defence. Let put this behind us, and look forward to having a major say in who wins the Prem! Starting on Tuesday against L'pool!!!
hackneyval
in wenger we trust????..........i rem last season he played a weakned team against man u (lost) hes like the easter bunny this time of year putting all hes eggs into one basket....
123spurs
in wenger we trust????..........i rem last season he played a weakned team against man u (lost) hes like the easter bunny this time of year putting all hes eggs into one basket....
123spurs
deledudu, I'll back Wenger at Arsenal forever, but quite clearly his tactics didn't work today. Not only did we not get the result, we didn't get the performance. I still trust him 99% (100 would just be foolish, because I don't know the man personally, even AW would agree with that). I'm not angry at him, because, as you say, had we got the win I would be thrilled and wouldn't bother critisizing his line-up, but, on an objective basis, it clearly didn't work today. That's not the only reason for the loss, and we may still have lost with a different line up, but all we know is that this one failed to deliver.
ArsenalRob
deledudu, I'll back Wenger at Arsenal forever, but quite clearly his tactics didn't work today. Not only did we not get the result, we didn't get the performance. I still trust him 99% (100 would just be foolish, because I don't know the man personally, even AW would agree with that). I'm not angry at him, because, as you say, had we got the win I would be thrilled and wouldn't bother critisizing his line-up, but, on an objective basis, it clearly didn't work today. That's not the only reason for the loss, and we may still have lost with a different line up, but all we know is that this one failed to deliver.
ArsenalRob
play ur best 11 simple as , it has worked for us at mo, ye have 4th, so CL is all he have, but more sadness awaits
123spurs
play ur best 11 simple as , it has worked for us at mo, ye have 4th, so CL is all he have, but more sadness awaits
123spurs
123 that game vs was totally differnt. He wasn't particularly fussed bout the FA Cup that year, so thought he'd give his youngsters a chance, hoping, but not overly expecting, that they could produce a result.
ArsenalRob
123 that game vs was totally differnt. He wasn't particularly fussed bout the FA Cup that year, so thought he'd give his youngsters a chance, hoping, but not overly expecting, that they could produce a result.
ArsenalRob
maybe it does, maybe it doesn't, either way at least we still have something to play for this season, other than chasing for a Europa League spot.
ArsenalRob
maybe it does, maybe it doesn't, either way at least we still have something to play for this season, other than chasing for a Europa League spot.
ArsenalRob
yeah hackneyval I think you've sussed my strange lack of hurt. We beat ourselves. I saw nothing to suggest that, with a fit defence and the inclusion of some benched players, we can't beat Chelsea.
ArsenalRob
yeah hackneyval I think you've sussed my strange lack of hurt. We beat ourselves. I saw nothing to suggest that, with a fit defence and the inclusion of some benched players, we can't beat Chelsea.
ArsenalRob
Good game lads, was expetcing more from you lot . But all in all a good game. Fair play to you lot for not parkin the bus infront of the goal.
Blue is the colour
Good game lads, was expetcing more from you lot . But all in all a good game. Fair play to you lot for not parkin the bus infront of the goal.
Blue is the colour
fair enough i think that was in an earlier round rob , but has to be frustrating, like we fielded a wekened team for eufa cup match with cup final on saturday, hey yer fightengin for 4th not 1st 2nd all season, us on other hand shocking start i admit but we fin in top half or even in europa league must be an success from our start to season
123spurs
fair enough i think that was in an earlier round rob , but has to be frustrating, like we fielded a wekened team for eufa cup match with cup final on saturday, hey yer fightengin for 4th not 1st 2nd all season, us on other hand shocking start i admit but we fin in top half or even in europa league must be an success from our start to season
123spurs
You get 20/20 vision with hindsight and this may explain why the bookies are not in the habit of accepting bets after the fact. I've no problem with fans offering opinions on the team, but it borders on lunacy to presume to know better than a coach who has done it year after year and knows his players better than us. Some of the posts I've read tonight will be right at home on legrove and in my humble opinion Wenger had no choice but to set out the team as he did given the fraility of the defence. Take out Cech, Terry and Cashley and I'm sure Chelsea would have lost by a wide margin today, no matter how hard their replacements might have tried. I dare say we would beat any team in Europe with 4 out of its first choice back 5 missing!
deledudu
You get 20/20 vision with hindsight and this may explain why the bookies are not in the habit of accepting bets after the fact. I've no problem with fans offering opinions on the team, but it borders on lunacy to presume to know better than a coach who has done it year after year and knows his players better than us. Some of the posts I've read tonight will be right at home on legrove and in my humble opinion Wenger had no choice but to set out the team as he did given the fraility of the defence. Take out Cech, Terry and Cashley and I'm sure Chelsea would have lost by a wide margin today, no matter how hard their replacements might have tried. I dare say we would beat any team in Europe with 4 out of its first choice back 5 missing!
deledudu
blue is color WHY wud u say this to an arsenal team Fair play to you lot for not parkin the bus infront of the goal, what an insult, i though we only did that, but hey thanks for our 1st points of season an an easy 3point later on
123spurs
blue is color WHY wud u say this to an arsenal team Fair play to you lot for not parkin the bus infront of the goal, what an insult, i though we only did that, but hey thanks for our 1st points of season an an easy 3point later on
123spurs
Thanks BisC. If you watch us regularly, you'd know we almost never park the bus. That's just against Wenger's nature. But also clearly our defence was too weak for us to have done so. You and we would have expected more from this team. The only regret I have is that we changed a working formula as we were on a good run before the game. Our defensive mistakes (expected with a depleted backline) and the smaller number of chances (an exception to our style but was kind of expected from the lineup) cost us the game.
GoonerLou
Thanks BisC. If you watch us regularly, you'd know we almost never park the bus. That's just against Wenger's nature. But also clearly our defence was too weak for us to have done so. You and we would have expected more from this team. The only regret I have is that we changed a working formula as we were on a good run before the game. Our defensive mistakes (expected with a depleted backline) and the smaller number of chances (an exception to our style but was kind of expected from the lineup) cost us the game.
GoonerLou
Just to clarify, most of the posts alluded to were not on this site, they are on other Arsenal sites. Why does 123spuds find it so difficult to stay on his own site? Why the fixation with Arsenal? I'm sure he posts more on this site than his own club's site and if not for the asinine content of his post and his user name, one can be forgiven for mistaking him for a gooner.
deledudu
Just to clarify, most of the posts alluded to were not on this site, they are on other Arsenal sites. Why does 123spuds find it so difficult to stay on his own site? Why the fixation with Arsenal? I'm sure he posts more on this site than his own club's site and if not for the asinine content of his post and his user name, one can be forgiven for mistaking him for a gooner.
deledudu
deledudu, of course AW knows better than any of us, I'm not saying he doesn't, but, without meaning to sound too much like a MOTD mug, even the best make mistakes. Clearly we didn't perform to our potential today, and I think the line up had a large influence on that. I think the players tried, but they just weren't capable of playing as they like to, partly because they were up against a good side, but also largely down to the team they were playing with. This team never convinced me, and most others, that were going to win, but I'm still convinced that Arsenal, even with these injuries, can beat Chelsea, just not with the team that played today. I'm not faultless, I'd make mistakes, a lot more than Arsene, if I was Arsenal manager, but I'd recognise them, and I'm sure Arsene will know that we could've won had he put a different team out. He probably won't say so, as he won't want to publicly show regret.
ArsenalRob
deledudu, of course AW knows better than any of us, I'm not saying he doesn't, but, without meaning to sound too much like a MOTD mug, even the best make mistakes. Clearly we didn't perform to our potential today, and I think the line up had a large influence on that. I think the players tried, but they just weren't capable of playing as they like to, partly because they were up against a good side, but also largely down to the team they were playing with. This team never convinced me, and most others, that were going to win, but I'm still convinced that Arsenal, even with these injuries, can beat Chelsea, just not with the team that played today. I'm not faultless, I'd make mistakes, a lot more than Arsene, if I was Arsenal manager, but I'd recognise them, and I'm sure Arsene will know that we could've won had he put a different team out. He probably won't say so, as he won't want to publicly show regret.
ArsenalRob
That's the thing Rob. We may never find out exactly why he did what he did today. I'll keep scratching my head and carry this mystery to my coffin (a Chinese saying).
GoonerLou
That's the thing Rob. We may never find out exactly why he did what he did today. I'll keep scratching my head and carry this mystery to my coffin (a Chinese saying).
GoonerLou
The goalie had a mare,we couldn't pass, we couldn't shoot,we couldn't deliver quality free kicks to the box, we couldn't score (more than them)...and thats all the fault of the back-four is it ???....For the life of me I cannot understand why a manager would change a side that beat Villa Real so comprehensively , some might say, at a canter. To take out Song and Nasri and replace them with Diaby and Denilson is beyond me....can anyone explain that to me ?...
radarman
The goalie had a mare,we couldn't pass, we couldn't shoot,we couldn't deliver quality free kicks to the box, we couldn't score (more than them)...and thats all the fault of the back-four is it ???....For the life of me I cannot understand why a manager would change a side that beat Villa Real so comprehensively , some might say, at a canter. To take out Song and Nasri and replace them with Diaby and Denilson is beyond me....can anyone explain that to me ?...
radarman
I know it's easy to talk in hindsight and I am certainly not in possession of all the facts relating to the team but when i saw the teamsheet I thought: 'Where are Song and Arshavin?'. Diaby is ok but not good enough defensively especially considering our current makeshift defence. Arshavin was rested and fresh, he's also one of our most experienced players and has been one of the main reasons why our draws have lately turned into wins. To not play him from the start was strange, maybe he got a knock in training. Diaby's return disturbed the Cesc Song Denilson trio which meant that we hardly saw Cesc influence this game. Disappointed by Fabianski but he's young. No such excuse for Silvestre. He's 32 and couldn't handle Drogba. Drogba relishes the physical challenge and we needed a defender with strong determination to not get beat.
Gael-Force
I know it's easy to talk in hindsight and I am certainly not in possession of all the facts relating to the team but when i saw the teamsheet I thought: 'Where are Song and Arshavin?'. Diaby is ok but not good enough defensively especially considering our current makeshift defence. Arshavin was rested and fresh, he's also one of our most experienced players and has been one of the main reasons why our draws have lately turned into wins. To not play him from the start was strange, maybe he got a knock in training. Diaby's return disturbed the Cesc Song Denilson trio which meant that we hardly saw Cesc influence this game. Disappointed by Fabianski but he's young. No such excuse for Silvestre. He's 32 and couldn't handle Drogba. Drogba relishes the physical challenge and we needed a defender with strong determination to not get beat.
Gael-Force
What can one say we lost and the better team on the day won. The team selection was a puzzle but after 14 minutes everyone would have agreed with the boss. The long balls seem to be our major problem and although we have managed of late to overcome that I am sure in the remaining games that form of attack will be used against us, over and over again. But as they say at the darkest hour there is always a silver lining and that may come in the CL. I would think young Fabianski is reeling with self doubt but at the moment he is really all we have and apart from to-days effort he has performed well. If the fans get on his back then he may not recover but I feel he will come good and this will vanish in time. People forget some of the howlers Seaman had, and i consider him one of the best GK we ever had. Young Gibbs was very impressive in the first half but seemed wane towards the end however we could not have asked more from him. I would not be surprised to see him get a call up from Fabio. Where to from here onwards and upwards, we have the ability and in the boss we shall succeed. Really looking forward to Tuesday.
alwaysgunner
What can one say we lost and the better team on the day won. The team selection was a puzzle but after 14 minutes everyone would have agreed with the boss. The long balls seem to be our major problem and although we have managed of late to overcome that I am sure in the remaining games that form of attack will be used against us, over and over again. But as they say at the darkest hour there is always a silver lining and that may come in the CL. I would think young Fabianski is reeling with self doubt but at the moment he is really all we have and apart from to-days effort he has performed well. If the fans get on his back then he may not recover but I feel he will come good and this will vanish in time. People forget some of the howlers Seaman had, and i consider him one of the best GK we ever had. Young Gibbs was very impressive in the first half but seemed wane towards the end however we could not have asked more from him. I would not be surprised to see him get a call up from Fabio. Where to from here onwards and upwards, we have the ability and in the boss we shall succeed. Really looking forward to Tuesday.
alwaysgunner
Keeper let you down
Tiny T
Keeper let you down
Tiny T
unlucky lads,i wanted you to win but sadly you didnt..all the best for the rest of the season and i hope you beat manyoo in the CL
bluemooner_mcfc
unlucky lads,i wanted you to win but sadly you didnt..all the best for the rest of the season and i hope you beat manyoo in the CL
bluemooner_mcfc
A combination of a make shift defence, ***** poor goalkeeping, and a soft weak midfield meant we bent over and let Chelsea roger us when we really should have been going hell for leather from the off. Seriously ******** disappointed with the boss for his team selection. Why try to out power chelsea for *****s sake, it just won't happen. And Diaby? ******** useless. Who the ***** does he think he is.
Gunnerman
A combination of a make shift defence, ***** poor goalkeeping, and a soft weak midfield meant we bent over and let Chelsea roger us when we really should have been going hell for leather from the off. Seriously ******** disappointed with the boss for his team selection. Why try to out power chelsea for *****s sake, it just won't happen. And Diaby? ******** useless. Who the ***** does he think he is.
Gunnerman
Arsenal did not park the, they just could not hold the ball in midfield( overpowered by Lamps,Ballack,Essien).
German Blues Brother
Arsenal did not park the, they just could not hold the ball in midfield( overpowered by Lamps,Ballack,Essien).
German Blues Brother
deledudu get life mate i can go where ever i want to just like arse comin over to ours including ur self an that bmf, i no ur still upset
123spurs
deledudu get life mate i can go where ever i want to just like arse comin over to ours including ur self an that bmf, i no ur still upset
123spurs
Look who's talking? You spend the better part of your day trawling Arsenal sites stirring up all manner of baseless puerile arguments, you then act suprised and hurt when you get your just reward? Get real man! Oh, sorry, I guess being a spud means that you are congenitally programmed to be a gluton for punishment.
deledudu
Look who's talking? You spend the better part of your day trawling Arsenal sites stirring up all manner of baseless puerile arguments, you then act suprised and hurt when you get your just reward? Get real man! Oh, sorry, I guess being a spud means that you are congenitally programmed to be a gluton for punishment.
deledudu
 

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